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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

1998

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Album Summary

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album by American singer and rapper Lauryn Hill. It was released on August 25, 1998, by Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a neo soul and R&B album with some songs based in hip hop soul and reggae. Its lyrics touch upon Hill's pregnancy and the turmoil within her former group the Fugees, along with themes of love and God. The album's title was inspired by the film and autobiographical novel The Education of Sonny Carson, and Carter G. Woodson's The Mis-Education of the Negro. After touring with the Fugees, Hill became involved in a romantic relationship with Jamaican entrepreneur Rohan Marley, and shortly after, became pregnant with their child. This pregnancy, as well as other circumstances in her life, inspired Hill to make a solo album. Recording sessions for the album took place from late 1997 to June 1998 mainly at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, as Hill collaborated with a group of musicians known as New Ark in writing and producing the songs. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 422,000 copies in its first week, which broke a record for first-week sales by a female artist. It was promoted with the release of the hit singles "Doo Wop (That Thing)", "Ex-Factor", and "Everything Is Everything", while "Lost Ones" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" were released as promotional singles. To further promote the album, Hill made televised performances on Saturday Night Live and the Billboard Music Awards before embarking on a sold-out, worldwide concert tour. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was among the most acclaimed albums of 1998, as most critics praised Hill's presentation of a woman's view on life and love, along with her artistic range. At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill earned 10 nominations, winning five awards, making Hill the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in one night. The album's success propelled Hill to international superstardom, and contributed to bringing hip hop and neo soul to the forefront of popular music. New Ark, however, felt Hill and her record label did not properly credit the group on the album; a lawsuit filed by the group was settled out of court in 2001. Since its release, the album has been ranked in numerous best-album lists, with a number of critics regarding it as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. Among its honors are inclusion in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Harvard University's Loeb Music Library, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American history, and the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. In 2021, the album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, for estimated sales of 10 million copies in the US, making Hill the first female rapper to accomplish this feat. Worldwide, the album has sold over 20 million copies, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, the best-selling album by a female rapper, and the best-selling neo-soul album of all time. It remains Hill's only studio album.

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3.66

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5461

Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Soul
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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

We listened to music in your dorm room early into the morning as the empathogens from the night faded. You played this Lauren Hill album. We talked about family. We talked about friends. We talked about love. We talked about your early life in Botswana. When the song To Zion came on, we became silent as it felt like the world stopped for us to listen. It was the most beautiful song I had heard. Soon the dorm came to life and it was time for me to go. That was our first and last time meeting. It was my first and last time listening to this song. It was the last time until today. This was the most beautiful song I've heard. I can't remember being this touched by a song before. Ten stars.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Lauryn Hill is iconic in her genre, and this is her most iconic album. A great inspiration for a lot of RnB and Hip Hop artists in the 00s and 10s. Many people may dislike the skits, but it adds to the narrative here, which has a complex backdrop of different samples and instruments, overlayed on hard kicks and beats that you expect from Hip Hop / R n B. All of it blends to give a truly 00s sound ahead of it's time. I could give a break down of every song but it would take too many words. Just know that there is a lot of range here, there is everything from acoustic guitar and gospel over beats, to more funky soulful tracks. I love this album if you haven't noticed already.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Great stuff. A great mix of different genres. Heard elements of Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley etc. It's got really good flow throughout the whole album too. Ex Factor and Doo Wop stand out but no miss on the whole album. A shame it was her only solo studio album, maybe she felt like she couldn't top it.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Went on for too long.

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Mon Sep 21 2020
1

Listened to tool instead

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Mon Jan 25 2021
1

avoids melody like she avoids tax

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

This album is a masterpiece. Lauryn Hill's transcendent talent is on full display with top notch songwriting, beat-making, arranging, lyricism, singing, and rapping. The music is personal, political, and utterly self-assured. Her blend of hip hop innovation and classic soul/pop sensibilities has left a monumental legacy evident in artists ranging from Kayne West to Janelle Monae. Favourite track: Too many to name, but I can never get enough of "Ex-Factor"

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

This album was everywhere when it was released, the hype was crazy. It was hailed as this ground breaking thing, the best of the best, it won all the awards. It's decent enough, a fairly pleasant listen, but I never did understand why all the over the top praise for it. It's fine.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

starts off sounding like lofi then becomes funny woman rap..... k. second track pretty good. i guess the third track is ok. fith track is shit :). everything lowkey starting to sound the same. track 12 has a good backing i wanna say its a violoin but like its ruined by shit and isnt enough. holy shit too many repeated lrlishs please help stop -please. right i know you baught a drum mechiene but i dont care please use somehting elese please. the ends allright i guess but still shit album shit house 0/10. but accualy its fine i guess not my thing but yea still personlay its a but too much of the same and becasue its stuff of the same that i dont reely like its not good so still 2/10

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Fri Oct 09 2020
5

Modern classic. Perfect blend of neo-soul and rap. All the singles are fantastic, especially Everything Is Everything

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Still probably the best female MC of all time. This album is fantastic in about every way. Lauryn is also the most equal in talent between rapping and singing

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

false

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Thu Nov 05 2020
5

Lauryn is talented as hell

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Straight fire. Classic through and through.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Didn't like it at first, but it's a masterpiece

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

10/10

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Classic

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

I FUCKING LOVE THIS ALBUM.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

One of the tip top hip hop albums of all times. Magnificent.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Classic for a reason

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Classic hip-hop album. Great R&B vibes with great writing and rap over the beats

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

amazing. a cultural staple.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

The classroom samples were really cool and furthered the message of love. After looking at the background of the album I had a greater appreciation for Laura and her life struggles. Never really got into soul but I think this was a good introduction

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Very cool album

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

MS LAURYN HILL

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

sem defeitos

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

A fantastic collection of what the 90s hip hop sound was.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Annie loves this one. For good reason. It's a crown jewel of 90s hip hop, right? And, Lauryn Hill is just so cool. Babe too. Sister Act 2 babeliness. Her voice is so great. Raps and melodies. And, just, like, the smoky sound of her voice is so appealing. This record jams. As a musician, I'm inclined to attribute this to her excellent band. But really, it's 80% Hill. She carries everything, including the Fugees. This record makes that clear. Her multi-tracked vocal harmonies are other-worldly. She uses harmony intervals that set her apart from others. Like CSNY and Alice in Chains do. Only with soul and attitude and smokiness. God this is so good.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

A great mix of hip-hop with R&B, soul and reggae. This is such a confident and skillful debut and has a great legacy for a very good reason

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Tue Feb 09 2021
2

Nowhere near as good as people think it is. 3 or 4 decent songs the rest is filler. A bang average R&B album.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
2

Way worse than I remembered it to be

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

Not a fan of this, I'm getting bored listening to it.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

Most overrated album of the last decades

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Fri Jan 14 2022
1

Woooooahhhhhh wooooaaaahhhhhh one star

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Mon Nov 09 2020

really not a fan. two stars? i made it through, but barely.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

So good

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

A god damned masterpiece, too many good songs to name.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Banger tracks

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Not sure I've ever listened to this album in entirety - it was so TIGHT. Loved it. Varied too

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Lauryn Hill is the greatest female hip-hop artist of all time, and she shows her range and how powerful her voice is all over this album. So many tracks could have and should have been released as singles, it made me wonder why they weren’t. The classroom chatter between tracks was a nice touch, cementing the overall idea of the album, and also serving as a buffer between wildly different sounding songs.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

I have heard this CD so many times, so I'm a bit biased. I love this album, i love the vibe, these bass and drum grooves are so good it is just awe inspiring. There are very few albums that can send me away for an hour this is one of them. You can't...not just relax and chill out when you hear this album. Love, God, Friendship, Life, Growing Up thoughtfully expressed expertly, what more do you want in an album. It's a shame this is her only album. Top 3: Killing me softly, Can't take my eyes off of you, Hurts so bad. 5 out of 5

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Everything is everything.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

When this album dropped it changed everything. While female artists had created new frontiers of courage and vulnerability (Liz Phair), this was both poetic and musically powerful. Every song matters and the diversity of rhythm, melody and harmonics is standard setting.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

I like this album. An album to the liberated self

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

American masterpiece

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

I love this album

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Had four listens, it's a bit of a long one and still need to listen more grasp it all. Importantly, every song is great, I prefer the songs with rapping ("Lost Ones", "Doo Wop", "Final Hour") because they flow incredibly well, but the more emotional RnB stuff is really good too. When Lauryn is not rapping she's pushing her voice to its full most of the time, with some very smooth backing. It doesn't just jump between two genres though, because you feel influences from afro-carribean vocals (lost ones, forgive them father) Latin flamenco guitar (to zion), pyschadelic guitar solo (ex-factor), soul/gospel organ keys (ex-factor and every ghetto every city), 90s rap record scratches/skips (throughout) and just excellent bass lines (throughout). There's so much variety, and the skits actually have music in them which really makes them feel more listenable, not to mention that the subject matter is pretty wholesome (LOVE). Shout out to that familiar piano sample in "Doo Wop", Hammond will have to tell me where that comes from.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

This is an incredible album. 10/10. 5 stars.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Soul, hip-hop and reggae Queen. This album feels so spiritual and is arguably the most influential record of the decade on future rap and hip hop artists (see Kendrick, Drake, Kanye, Chance, etc. etc. etc.) Fav tracks: Ex-Factor, Everything is Everything, Doo Wop (That Thing)

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Possibly my favourite album ever made

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

My favourite album so far. Girls got bars!!

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Such a great classic album!

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Good

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Very good, old school hip hop from one of the GOATS

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

yep

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Really glad I finally listened to this classic

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Wow. Just wow. I'd heard this album was great, and very influential, and now I can see why. I don't even have the words to say how good this album is. 5/5 stars.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

90s classic, absolutely fire beats and smoooooth vocals from Ms. Lauryn Hill as usual, lots of influence on today's music and rightfully so, favs - Doo Wop (That Thing), Ex-Factor, Final Hour

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

One of the best hip-hop albums of all time!

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

Could legit talk for hours about Lauryn Hill. Especially this album. I think it's as classic as an album can get. And the fact that is her only studio Album genuinely breaks my heart. But the influence on music this album had. Changed the pace of both Rnb and Hip-hop and really showed that Lauryn was to be respected as a MC. I really believe she was the best part of the Fugees. This album has this beautiful mixture of Reggae. especially since she worked with Bob Marleys son. Add in some blues, hip-hop, and a dash of heart break and you really get something amazing. Lauryn Hill absolutely proved herself on this one. ​ This to me get the highest rating an album get. Love it so much. Will always get a recommend from me. Check this one out.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

A nearly perfect hip hop/R&B record. Kinda wild this was released in 1998.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Very nice rap

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Her only solo album, and it continues to have more impact and appeal than many other artists have in their entire careers. Your mileage may vary on the brief interludes interspersed throughout the album (I'll admit, I'd rather they weren't included, but thankfully there aren't so many that they become annoying), but my God, there's not a clunker in the bunch of songs. I can't get enough of "Ex-Factor" and "When It Hurts So Bad". Reminds me a lot of Nina Simone, Nenah Cherry and even Joni Mitchell while still being it's own unique thing. This album deserves the praise it continues to receive, and my hunch is a major reason Lauryn Hill never really even tried to make another album is because she knew nothing could top this. By the way, my rating takes into consideration the 2 hidden tracks: the cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" and "Tell Him". They might be my 2 favorite Lauryn Hill songs, and they're what puts the album over the top into 5 territory.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

9/10. Would be a 10 but for the skits. For the past 15 years I have been saying I will make a version with the skits removed. Maybe this will be the year I get round to it. Rapping, singing, production all on point.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

Thought I liked this one but in listening to it again I think I love it. Never owned this one back in the day cause one of my roommates had it and it was so ubiquitous anyway. But this really is a masterfully crafted album of it's era. Got that "cinematic" Fugees sound steeped in soul. It's impressive that she carries the weight of this long album pretty much single handedly. Though I love Wyclef's The Carnival, this may be the best Fugees solo album. Easily my favorite female hip hop artist and one of my favorite albums by a female artist. So strong, so honest, so intense. Feels deeply personal. She gave it her all on this album. In a class of her own.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

Fantastic album, love it! Shocking how small of a discography she has given the huge impact she has had on the world of music.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

This album is massive, and dense, and really great. It’s not surprising that she hasn’t followed it up yet.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

This album made me want to turn on my keyboards and play some soul/r&b all day. Excellent arrangements and vocals

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

This album brought a flood of teenage memories. I had this album on repeat as background music. The lyrics are so, so personal. And that's probably why they are powerful. Hill doesn't hide anything and lays all of her emotions out for the listener. It's so different than what most girls are taught. She doesn't keep it inside. I remember thinking how brave and crazy that was when I first listened to the album. She vocalizes her broken love in the way you always wish you could have retorted in the moment and still better than what you come up with hours later when you lay awake thinking of what you should have, could have said. Hill's singing and rapping flow together so well. There is no "bad" song on the album. "To Zion" is the love song every mother feels when she meets baby and realizes she has never loved anyone the way she loves that child. And it features Carlos Santana as an added bonus.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

cool

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Southern point, Two weeks, Fine for now, Ready,able,

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Really enjoyed this album. A general mix of rap, hip hop and even R&B. Very classy. I just want to know what happens if Ms Lauryn Hill gets married and becomes Mrs Lauryn Hill? Would she change her stage name? Hmmm

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

great listening throughout the day

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

I can't believe I haven't listened to this before but I will be again. The perfect chill album.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

All time

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Chika Muito bom

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

This may be one of the most perfect albums made. Between the theme, lyrics, beats, and hooks it doesn’t get more consistent and monumental than this album. Hill created one solo album and it’s arguably one of the best ever made. Such a shame she didn’t do more but what she provided was nothing short of historically significant. 10/10

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Lauryn Hill is insanely talented. She can sing, and she has one of the greatest flows in the game. Her songwriting is textured and deals with more complexity than her contemporaries. This album shows Hill navigating her life, love, the expectations of others, and her own strength to define who she is for herself. This album has already become a modern classic and it’s easy to see why.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

This is a great R&B album. Start to Finish, enjoyable tracks with some great variations in sound and feel. This genre is not my typical listen, but it’s a best in show album.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Heel goede r en b met mooi love thema en zonder teveel gefoefel heel eerlijk

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Always a great listen. Voice is so purely amazing.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Listened on repeat while making dinner and then for some time after. It’s as moving and beautiful and touching and soulful and ground-breaking now as it was almost 25 years ago. We’re all sad she never did anything but this album, but LH can do whatever she wants with her talent, and I’m grateful we got this out of it.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Iconic. Possibly one of the most iconic albums of all time. Soulful, bopping, energetic and refined all at once. Easiest call yet.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

It is a crime that she never released another album.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

She's super talented and switches effortlessly between rapping and singing in a number of styles. Bit hard to rate this one as I was introduced to this album by my first serious girlfriend, so it's tangled up in my melon heart biz. I did really like the listen through, though. The classroom intermissions felt immersive rather than flow-breaking, like the skits often popular on hip-hop albums from this era. There are some absolute tunes on here, too... Fave track - "Forgive Them Father", maybe? "Everything is Everything" is a contender, and "To Zion" and "Doo Wop (That Thing)" are both very strong too! Fuck it, 5 stars!

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

A masterpiece. Hip-Hop, RnB, Soul just brilliant, an album that has lasted and will continue the last the test of time and will influence many more to come. 5 Stars.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Love it

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

I already listened to this one a bunch in my teens because of my friends. Lauryn is straight up a goddess. This was a formative album for so many people i know. I wasn't into rap or hiphop R&B back then. But since then i've learned to love it, too.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Wow, I'm really impressed. I love such way of producing, composing sounds and interpolating. A very inspirational album for both singers, rappers and producers from nowadays. The biggest artists from our decades keep sampling and reffering to Ms. Hill. A really remarkable thing for me would be an interpolate to "Heaven and Hell is on earth" randomly in the middle of the song. 5 stars with a clear conscience

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Yet to come across anyone with such an innate ability to sing perfectly while also laying down? spitting? unleashing? tight af rhymes? lines? bars?

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Such a classic. Melding neo-soul and hip-hop together in a concept album and it's done so well.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

This album really showcases what an incredible talent Lauryn Hill is. She was only 22 and already a huge star from her time in the Fugees. Well-educated and from a relatively affluent background for your average hip-hop artist, her songs nonetheless have a power to them that speaks to real struggles at all economic levels. And damn can she sing about love, too.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Великий альбом

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Best Song: Ex-Factor. The latter half of the song, when the vocals start to layer and the choir joins in, is good enough to be spiritual. Worst Song: I Used To Love Him. I just find Mary J. Blige over-sings on this track in a way that clashes with Lauryn Hill's laidback delivery. Overall: Beautiful, soulful album. Lauryn Hill's voice is pure honey. The lyrics manage to be both romantic and anti-romance. Even the clips with the kids are perfect at exemplifying the broader themes of the album.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

already loved this one

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Isn't this the girl from Sister Act 2? She made an album? (Just kidding). This is five stars. I don't see how it couldn't be. It's an authentic expression of (what I can only assume is) Lauryn Hill's lived experienced. It's one of those albums that feel like she just made it for herself, but also for everybody. It's gospel, reggae, soul, R&B, and hip-hop all smashed together. She probably could have put out an album an each of those genres and it would have gone to the top, but she combined them in a way that is uniquely hers. You know a Lauryn Hill song within 5 seconds of hearing it.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Lost Ones, That Thing, Everything is Everything - the list of great soul/rap songs goes on and on. Hill sings and raps her way through songs of love, relationships, tension and growth. Holds up after all these years!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Such a fantastic album with masterful vocals. Long album but tons of great songs - an easy classic. 10/10.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Great album

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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

Superb.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

classic

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Sat May 21 2022
5

A fantastic album

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

De los mejores discos que he escuchado en mi vida. Lo tengo en mi colección de discos y siempre es un placer escucharlo.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

This is an essential album in every sense of the word, a true masterpiece. It's one of the most beautiful, perfectly realized albums, gorgeously crafted but as warm and effortless sounding as anything I've ever heard. It's an album that would have easily fit in with the great soul albums of the 60s and 70s. But it has a modern attitude and sensibility that has stood the test of time, while a lot of music of that era has aged like milk. Musically, this is just insanely good, brimming with soulful, rich arrangements. Hill's vocals effortlessly run the gambit from velvety to strident, her lyrics full of passion, pain, spirituality and self affirmation. I'll add that this is the only album I can think of that uses interludes correctly and to brilliant effect. Other artists need to need to take note that using more interludes does not equal substance. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Ex-Factor, Doo Wop (That Thing), Lost Ones, To Zion, Tell Him, Nothing Even Matters, Everything Is Everything, I Used to Love Him, Final Hour, Forgive Them Father, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Every Ghetto, Every City, When It Hurts So Bad, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Superstar, Intro

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Great pioneering RnB.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Probably one of the best products of New Jersey, ever. A fantastic blend of sonic consistency in the production, beautiful songwriting, and flavorful performance. Top to bottom one of my favorite albums.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

If Lauryn was hungry in Fugees, here she is cooking for herself. Genre-bending, mind-rending, nerve-mending tunes here. It truly should be seen as one of the greatest records of all time.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

dude I fuckin love Lauryn Hill, easily one of my top five favorite rappers the whole album slaps - 10/10

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

That Thing, Everything is Everything, To Zion and Ex-Factor are my favorite tracks off this amazing album. Very Iconic. She needs to be celebrated.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

10/10

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

This album is a masterpiece, unifying elements of R&B, hip-hop, rap, and soul/gospel masterfully. The opening pairing of 'Lost Ones' and 'Ex-Factor' are stripped down tracks that put Lauryn's rap bone fides and vocal power front and center, setting the tone for the whole album to come. Ms. Hill's performance on each track is impeccable, even the chorus parts that she recorded for the background hypes and harmony. The lyrical content of this album is clearly very personal and speaks to experience that everyone can connect with at a similar level. It must have been hard to put all of that honesty and emotion into this work, have it become a worldwide success, and then compelled to tour the world singing it over and over again. I can't imagine how artists doing it and maintain authenticity and their own connection to the work. And ultimately, that is what makes this a bittersweet album for me too. Ultimately, something went awry for Ms. Lauryn Hill, and she has suffered for it. It highlights the parasitic aspect of fandom in an uncomfortable way. Artists are who they are, and their work is what it is, and we need to be careful to not lose sight of them as people, especially when things get difficult.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Classic

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

My remembered impressions of Miseducation were quite wrong. I don't love the production choices from minute zero as I did with The Score, but Lauryn's singing is perfect once the album settles into its harp-and-gospel happy place. The songs are long, but the arc of the record is pretty accessible and with only a few features it never feels overstuffed. The only speed bump I can see is the skits, but they never get goofy or egregious. Just make sure your palette can tolerate a few.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

One of the best albums of all time. Just fantastic all around.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Maybe perfect

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Just so damned good!!

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

So good.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

A modern classic

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Fantastic album.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Muy bueno y original

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

This whole album was so good! I've listed through it twice-- I think my favorite song is Final Hour, but they are all great!

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

I've been looking forward for this album for a while due to its reputation as being one of the greatest hip hop albums ever. I've had a mixed record with this era of hip hop so I was interested to see what this brought to the table. Safe to say, it brought a lot of great stuff to the table from the way ahead of its time production to the great lyrics and engaging themes of religion and love. Each song sounds like a Kendrick-type track which I love and each song was just great, especially ex factor and can't take my eyes off you. Definitely deserves all of the praise and accolades its gotten.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

I know this album well and it is correctly highly regarded. Another listen does not disappoint. Lovely old style soul with a gorgeous “smoky” voice and lively flowing hip-hop rapping. Great tunes. No need to bother with a follow-up album after this superb effort.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Excellent album, just about flawless. Would have been great if she was able to replicate the majesty on other albums

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Such an incredible debut. Love her voice and the instrumentation complements it perfectly. Soulful and still bombastic.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Great album! Incredible voice! Decent beats! I enjoyed it!

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

This is one of the best albums of all time, in my opinion x

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

classic

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Banging album

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Loved loved loved. Her voice and range is so beautiful the harmonies are gorgeous and there were a few songs I recognized as samples but didn’t realize they were her

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Perfect album. Amazing vocals. Easily one of the greatest of all time

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Timeless, classic album.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

What left is there to say? This album is phenomenal. Ms Hill I has true genius and it shines through with every note of this record.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Niin coool. Jotenkin Laurynin tyyli puraisee tosi syvältä lauloi sitten sydänsuruista, äitiydestä tai mistä vaan.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

She’s perfect. The narrative this album depicts is beautiful.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

an absolute perfect album. deserved all those Grammys

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

What do you do after you and the Fugees make "The Score," one of the best hip-hop albums of the '90s? If you're Lauryn Hill, you make one of the best albums of the '90s of any genre. The trinity of "Doo Wop (That Thing)," her cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and "Everything Is Everything" got most of the attention at the time—and for good reason—but this album's solid as a rock. Want gorgeous tracks about love gone wrong? Then "Ex-Factor," "When It Hurts So Bad," and "I Used to Love Him" will scratch that itch. Or maybe you'd prefer to shut out the rest of the world and curl up with D'Angelo on "Nothing Even Matters." Or get nostalgic with "Every Ghetto, Every City," which has a delicious Stevie Wonder flavor thanks to its prominently featured clavinet. Introspection, faith, social commentary ... this album's got it all. There may be a few tracks I regularly skip, but I'd hardly be in agony if I was "forced" to listen to the album in its entirety. It's both regrettable and fitting that this was her only solo album; she has a mind and a voice worth listening to, but this album sets an impossibly high bar.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

*swoon* Þessi plata ætti að vera skylduhlustun fyrir öll. Reglulega. Eitt af því besta sem gerðist í tónlist í níunni. Algjört uppáhald.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

I've heard some of these many many times, but it was nice to hear the album in full for the first time.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

Groovy, tight, melodic at points RnB/hip hop. Great. listen. it good. enjoyable. thoughtful

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

i looooveee me some lauryn hill

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Holds up really well. Was an instant classic then, and still qualifies as a classic today.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Beautiful.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

what a perfect, perfect album this shit is truly transcendent. it's regarded as one of, if not the best hip-hop album of all time, and truly deserves that title. lauryn hill raps her verses and sings her hooks, and she's one of the best to ever do both. how? no one knows. but we are so blessed to have this as a result it's poignant, nostalgic, romantic, soulful, wise, and catchy as hell. this album was made with HEART, and it shines through in every second. i'm so glad i got to listen to this one again. i listen through it at least two to three times a year, and this was a good reminder to do it again. i love this album so damn much how can iiiiii explain myseeeelf

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

1998. Key Songs: Doo Wop, Ex-Factor

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Best voice in hip hop

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

It’s not perfect and slow at parts but this is a standout in 90s hip hop/r&b

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

The OG Kendrick? Understand the context, but hard to listen to.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Mad respect

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

A coming of age hip hop and soul album that provides glimpses into the American education system and Christianity. Overall, a fascinating view of the flaws within the education system and how the youth of America grew up in the late 80s.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Still on my first listen through, but this album is an interesting counterpiece to the world of Bone Thugs. I've always wanted to hear hip-hop with more harmonies. This has that, and an interesting through line with the teacher talking to the students about love. I wish the songs were a little stronger some times (more produced in some cases), but overall it is a really good album 4/5

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Nice concept album. Storyline focused on love with songs alternating between songs with Lauryn Hill and a classroom discussing love. One of my favorite 1990's albums so far.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Good album. Will listen again

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Denna har jag på CD. Köpte den 98 då det begav sig. Fortfarande en av mina favoriter, en legendarisk skiva.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

More soulful then the soul man

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Nicht das Über-Album schlechthin, aber schon sehr außergewöhnlich. Hatte ich seinerzeit überhaupt nicht auf dem Schirm.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Tuttu artisti mutta tämä soololevy oli uusi tuttavuus. Fugeesin perusteella oletin pitäväni tästä, mutta tämähän oli vielä paljon parempi kuin osasin aavistaa. Mukavan letkeätä meininkiä samettisella äänellä varustettuna. Myös rap-pätkät toimii paremmin kuin yhdelläkään listalla vastaan tulleesta saman genren levystä tähän mennessä. Levyn nimikkokappale on parhaita uusia biisejä mitä olen kuullut aikoihin. Jos olisi mahdollista, antaisin 4,25*

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Love the soul she adds to hip hop.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

It was okay, though I’m not a huge fan of 90’s hip-hop.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

It is just plain strong. Beautiful voice, great beat, positive message. The title track is probably the least interesting, but the rest are easy to enjoy.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

classic rnb /soul ; extra points for nostalgia

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Solid album. Maybe I'm a bit biased because the last several have been kind of same-y but it was a refreshing 90s hiphop album. Lyrically the songs were interesting stories, and her voice had some good soul elements to it in a number of tracks.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Her voice is amazing but you have to really be in the mood for 90's rnb

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Genuinely enjoyed listening through this one. I’m sure if you picked individual songs and played them for me I wouldn’t care too much for it since hip hop and R&B aren’t really my thing, but the experience of listing through this one top to bottom was great. Favorite tracks: “To Zion,” “Superstar,” and “Every Ghetto, Every City”

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

As much as I hate “skits” filling up half the album, it still stands up.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Nice

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Beeindruckt von den Rap-Skills, erstmal. Bisschen genervt vom gelegentlich übertrieben langgezogenen Tremolo auf einzelnen Silben, da bin ich wirklich kein Fan von. Wann hat das eigentlich angefangen? Wahrscheinlich nicht mit ihr, aber mit Destiny's Child? Oder war sie's vielleicht sogar doch? Jedenfalls ist mir gestern erst wieder eingefallen, dass Lauryn Hill Mitte/Ende der 90er ja die lässigste Queen of Consciousness war die man sich vorstellen konnte, und wie toll ich die fand. Hatte ich komplett vergessen über die Jahre, in denen sie - soweit man das vermittelt bekommt - offenbar zwei oder dreimal falsch abgebogen ist und dann auch noch in Sackgassen. Egal, hier wird man ja am Einzelwerk gemessen, und das finde ich auch mehr als 20 Jahre später noch wirklich sehr fresh. Gute Aussagen, gute Produktion, enorme Rapskills. Gesang ... wie gesagt. Insgesamt eine schöne 3,9.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

This album has a great sound, a real nice blend of R&B and hip-hop and I can listen to her voice all day long. I owned the CD when it came out but had forgotten about great songs like Forgive Them Father and Lost Ones. After listening to this and a bunch of hip-hop albums over the last 120 days, I am perplexed that so many include "interludes" - 1 or 2 minute conversations recorded in a living room or studio. I just don't get it. 80-minute CDs are all ready 40 minutes too long IMO.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

What I remember as being proper R&B, enjoyed this album. Two ‘hits’ on there too. 4/5

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

I really liked this! I don’t usually listen to much hip hop but I liked this album. I can see how she was so influential on later artists! (Did anyone else read that she was really close with the whole Marley family? Makes me wonder if the album sequence was intentional!)

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Not my usual, preferred genre but enjoyed the listen.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

An insight into the cultural melting pot that is NY, and the music is a great mix of genres as well.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Cracking album. Personal, heartfelt, incomparable voice. Doo Wop (That Thing): complete classic. Often imitated, never duplicated.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

A little long for my liking, but a great hip-hop album with insane impact. Really like the interludes from the classroom as well Saved: Doo Wop (That Thing), Final Hour

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Fantástico debut donde predomina el R&B y el Hip Hop. Vozarrón y gran producción musical. Sería genial si no fuera tan largo.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

I gotta admit I had some stereotypical assumptions about how good a "female rapper" could be, and was a bit skeptical. Despite this, I ended up really enjoying this album and was happily proved wrong. It has great lyricism and great musical accompaniment. I love the themes as well. Well done!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

this is just a universal loved album and I would be suprised if someone didn’t like this. Great album, great vibes, great producing,great features. a classic in the soul, rnb and hip hop world. 9/10

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Schickes Album. Geile Beats und gute Texte.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Great album, brought back a lot of memories

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Didn't know all of these before this. Great album!

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Beautiful voice, amazing chill rap about love -- what is not to love?

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

Amazing album. Absolutely floored I've never listened to it. Talented all the way and just enjoyable. Creative,

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

Really good! New music for me, some of the songs felt a little long but I liked all of the classroom discussions appended after the songs.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Can’t come up with a great review for all of these, but this is still an amazing album.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album - very unique, varied, and raw. However, i don't think all the tracks are perfect, and it would get old soon enough.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Didn't get to listen to the whole thing but from what I heard(the majority of it) it seemed like some good background music I might listen to.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Quite clearly a fantastic album. This time through I noticed the musical flourishes, that are a little tricky to pick up when you’re too busy being wowed by Hill’s seamless transitions between forceful rhyming and soulful singing. I’m talking about that feeling in Lost Ones that the whole song is about to blow up, but the firm hand on the production that prevents it from doing so; I’m talking about the background voices that make Doo Wop (That Thing) sound like a hmm-ing room full of girlfriends. My only gripe, and it’s a mild one, is that I don’t quite feel the album sustains it all the way through, but when it hits it hits hard.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

Klassiker.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

P good. Definitely revisit later.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Great start, but a very long, maybe too long album. However, the highlights make this album stand out.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Very nice

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Fri May 07 2021
4

great album filled with musical and lyrical references, great voice, great album curve, engaging

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Old jam

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

What a bop! Great vocals interlaced on top of each other. The production is fantastic on this and Lauryn hill has a great voice! This is a fun and good album.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Equal parts punchy and smooth. Lauryn's vocals are beautifully rich which now explains why this album keeps coming back in samples

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Excellent combination of hip-hop, soul, R&B!

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Shes got a beautiful voice, the background tracks could be a lot better. Shes a bit repetitive as well, but I enjoy her messages and the vibe from her music.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

This was my second time listening to this album. It is undeniably an important album for hip-hop and I can understand why. I think it's a great album with a lot of good tracks, but there is a few weak tracks to be honest. I'm having a hard time rating this album fairly, but I think I have to go with a weak 4 for now.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

I liked this more than I expected I would. It's not quite in my musical wheelhouse, but there are some rightful bangers on this album and I can see why it's considered a classic.

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